Hearing loss is extremely common and can present at any time from infancy to old age. About 1 in 1000 infants has profound hearing impairment, with half thought to be of genetic origin. Many deafness genes exist, but the most ...1

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Symptoms of Deafness

How can I recognize if my child develops hearing loss later in childhood? Even though the screening tests are designed to detect hearing loss as early as possible, some children may not develop hearing loss until later in childhood. In ...2

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Specific Causes of Deafness

Noise-induced hearing loss: Itís easier than you think to permanently damage your hearing. The blast of a firecracker at close range can do it in an instant. Repeated exposures to loud engines like motorcycles or long hours spent ...3

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Causes List for Deafness

Some possible causes of Deafness or similar disorders may include:4

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Types of Deafness

Some types of this condition may include:5 Types of Deafness:

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Diagnosis of Deafness

The discovery that Cx26 mutations are a cause of congenital hearing loss can help in the early diagnosis of hearing impairment. Early identification and management of deafness is important for the development of language and social skills. ...Source: NCBI, Genes ...6

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Genetics of Deafness

Many deafness genes exist, but the most common cause of hearing loss in American and European populations is a mutation in the connexin 26 (Cx26) gene. Cx26 has a carrier rate of 3%, similar to that for cystic fibrosis, and ...7

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Treatments: Deafness

Should I optimize any residual hearing? Optimizing residual hearing may be advantageous. Children may benefit from hearing aids or cochlear implants. This is a decision that you should discuss with your childís healthcare providers and other professionals who work ...8

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Research for Deafness

Did you hear?

  • 98% of newborns in the U.S. are screened for hearing loss before they leave the hospital.

Research improves the quality of life of people with hearing loss, starting with the day they are born.

DID YOU ...9

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  1. Source: NCBI, Genes and Disease (NCBI/NIH): books/ NBK22204/ 
  2. Source: NIDCD (NIH): health/ has-your-babys-hearing-been-screened
  3. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): 2006/ August/ docs/ 01features_02.htm
  4. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  5. Source: NCI Thesaurus
  6. Source: NCBI, Genes and Disease (NCBI/NIH): books/ NBK22204/ 
  7. ibid.
  8. Source: NIDCD (NIH): health/ communication-considerations-parents-deaf-and-hard-hearing-children
  9. Source: MedLinePlus Magazine (NIH): magazine/ issues/ spring15/ articles/ spring15pg10-11.html

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